Definition of "radiate" []

  • To send out rays or waves. (verb-intransitive)
  • To issue or emerge in rays or waves: Heat radiated from the stove. (verb-intransitive)
  • To extend in straight lines from or toward a center; diverge or converge like rays: Spokes radiate from a wheel hub. (verb-intransitive)
  • Ecology To spread into new habitats and thereby diverge or diversify. Used of a group of organisms. (verb-intransitive)
  • To emit (light, for example) in or as if in rays. (verb-transitive)
  • To emit (heat, light, or some other form of radiation) or (of heat, light, etc) to be emitted as radiation (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of lines, beams, etc) to spread out from a centre or be arranged in a radial pattern (verb)
  • (of a person) to show (happiness, health, etc) to a great degree (verb)
  • Having rays; radiating (adjective)
  • (of a capitulum) consisting of ray florets (adjective)
  • (of animals or their parts) showing radial symmetry (adjective)
  • Adorned or decorated with rays (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "radiate" in a sentence
  • "This was a decision that appeared to radiate from the top of the campaign."
  • "Slight ridges radiate from the shield to each point of the star, giving the star a beveled appearance."
  • "The mind map has four essential characteristics: * The subject of attention is crystallised in a central image* The main themes of the subject radiate from the central image on branches* Branches hold a key image/word printed on the associated line – details radiate out* The branches form a connected nodal structureFeatures: ConceptDraw MINDMAP supports both Windows and Mac …."